Hydroponic irrigation with solenoid valves.

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by Benoitm234, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Benoitm234

    Thread Starter New Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    My first post.

    Hello to the entire community of geniuses. My name's Mark. I'm 27 and graduating with a degree in Agricultural Business and Plant Science. My specialty is production hydroponics (specifically tomato and lettuce).

    I joined this community because I'm becoming ever interested in circuitry and micro-whatevermabobbers. What originally led me here was my question to learn more about solenoid valves and the possibility of controlling irrigation cycles via computer or component.

    The project/idea:

    Connected to the hose bib is a Netafim 2-way 24V Solenoid Valve. My objective is to wire the valve into some sort of timing mechanism to allow me to customize my irrigation cycles in the greenhouse. Typically, I want to irrigate for 15 minutes every hour up to a max of possibly 32 irrigation cycles in a day depending on weather.

    Connected to the valve is a hose that runs to my fertilizer injector which is a Dose-a-tron model (14GPM). I run drip irrigation from the injector and recollect my drain from the rockwool slabs I grow in.

    Where the heck do I start!?! What is the equivalent of a "hello world" and is there a specific path or route I should be taking to avoid learning that's not necessarily beneficial to accomplish my objective. All learning being great and all.


  2. #12


    Nov 30, 2010
    Start with the electrical specifications for the valve.